Cleetwood Cove Trail – Crater Lake National Park
|Time: 1 hour
Length: 1.1 mi (1.77 km)
Elevation: 6175* – 6831 ft (1882* – 2082 m)
Latitude: N +42° 58.78 or 42.934217
Longitude: W -122° 04.99 or -122.08320
Altitude: 6831 ft (2082 m)
|Highlight: swimming, fishing, boat tours; Access to lake shore and boat landing|
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How Deep is Crater Lake…Really? by Owen F. Hoffman
Crater Lake Clarity: It doesn’t get any better than this, by Scott F. Girdner
Crater Lake…Unique?, Nature Notes From Crater Lake, 1993
The only legal access to the shore of Crater Lake, this is a strenuous and steep switchback trail with a steep grade (11%). The trail descends to a rocky shoreline at Cleetwood Cove where concessionaire tour boats will take you around the lake or drop you off at Wizard Island. The trail is recommended only for those in good physical condition. It should not be attempted by anyone with heart, breathing, or walking problems. It is not accessible for people with mobility impairments. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes and carry water. Vault toilets are located at the top and bottom of the trail.
The trail leading to Cleetwood Cove begins along East Rim Drive approximately four and a half miles east of North Junction. The route begins on the right side of Rim Drive at an elevation 6,850 feet.
Trailhead location: North side of the lake, 11 miles (17.6 km) from Rim Village if traveling clockwise on Rim Drive. Parking area 4.5 miles east of North Junction
Seasonal Information: Expect the trail to be covered in snow from October to July, however, conditions vary somewhat from year to year. See Crater Lake Current Conditions for more information. The “volcano boat cruising” season typically begins late June/early July and ends late September/early October. See Crater Lake Lodges volcano boat cruise information.
Nature Note: Below 200 feet (61 meters), the water in Crater Lake stays 38 degrees F (3 degrees Celsius) year-round.
Historical Note: the Cleetwood Cove Trail first opened during the summer of 1960.
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Cleetwood Cove Trail Elevation Profile
Digital USGS topographic maps (PDF files) – the following maps are relevant to the Cleetwood Cove trail. See more Crater Lake Institute online USGS digital maps.
|Series||Name||Year||Scale||Contour Interval||File Size|
|USGS 7.5′||Crater Lake East||1985||1:24,000||40 ft||usgs-crater-lake-east-7.5|
|USGS 30′ x 60′||Crater Lake||1989||1:100,000||50 m||usgs-crater-lake-30-minute|
|USGS 30′ x 60′||Diamond Lake||1978||1:100,000||50 m||usgs-diamond-lake-30-minute|
|USGS 1° x 2°||Klamath Falls||1970||1:250,000||200 ft||usgs-klamath-falls-1-2|
|USGS 1° x 2°||Medford||1976||1:250,000||200 ft||usgs-medford-1-2|
|USGS 1° x 2°||Roseburg||1970||1:250,000||200 ft||usgs-roseburg-1-2|
The 30-year old Cleetwood Cove boat landing, looking south towards Sun Notch. The new dock, built in 2014 for a cost of over a $1,000,000 lasted one season before its foundation cracked. Photo by Robert Mutch
Rustic bench at the Cleetwood Cove boat landing, looking southwest towards Wizard Island, Watchman Peak, and Hillman Peak, Photo by Robert Mutch
Please remember to practice “leave no trace outdoor ethics” when you are out on Crater Lake National Park’s trails…and have fun!